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You’ve now decided to go travel to volunteer. Preparing to go is more than checking off list items or what to pack. It involves cognitively preparing for the entire traveling volunteer experience by developing self-awareness as to how you will respond while in country.  But how do you cognitively prepare for the project or program you will be working with? The culture? The location? The getting there, being there, and returning from there all in one piece, through the journey of self-awareness? 

Within the traveling to volunteer context, being self-aware includes how a pre-trip volunteer prepares themselves to handle and respond to potential situations through possible scenarios. It also means a deeper understanding of oneself during the trip and well after the experience is over.